Not long ago, my dear friend Jean sent me a picture of an unusual hibiscus…
A fascination with psychology and the process of learning…have been driving forces in my life and in my art. I’ve been a teacher for much of my life and always a painter. For me, the creative process is similar in both endeavors.
As a teacher, I loved discovering how to successfully reach a particular child — by building up knowledge layer upon layer through constant evaluation, experimentation and revision. As an artist, I have created images by building up a work layer upon layer, constantly evaluating and revising until I am satisfied that what I have created is true. It is almost a form of meditation. I love the concentrated stillness of making marks on a page or canvas; And, I love playing with those marks to create interesting layers, texture, and visual energy. Sometimes, my work is pure abstraction; more often it is representational. Always, however, I strive to create exciting and thought provoking visual metaphors and to explore the unique beauty of the natural world.
I currently divide my time between painting landscapes in oils and pastels, and producing commission portraits. In my portraits, I try to capture the person behind the image. My landscapes are explorations of the many and varied faces of nature: the changing colors; the changes in terrain, water flow, times of day, seasons and weather; the changing effects of light and atmosphere. Regardless of the subject, I strive to discover and convey the essence of what I see. I hope that through my work I can help viewers to be open to the incredible beauty and diversity of the world around them.